Dr. Sophie Webber performs regularly in solo and chamber music settings in the USA and UK. An enthusiast of traditional and new music, from classical to folk to electronic, she is drawn to new ways of presenting music. Her involvement with mixed media performances led her to form the Chicago-based new music group, Fused Muse Ensemble, a group that specializes in the presentation of new music in performances that meld together music with other media, such as dance, film, lighting, poetry, electronic music, and performance art. Fused Muse Ensemble's mission is to increase awareness of environmental and human rights issues through creative interdisciplinary performances. The 2012-13 season will focus on Women's Rights and Protection of the Environment.
Former graduate student of Janos Starker and Tsuyshi Tsutsumi at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Sophie has taught cello for Southeast Missouri State University, Jacobs School of Music Summer Clinic, Oxford Cello School, Trinity College of Music Junior Department, and currently teaches cello and chamber music at Lake Forest College and the Music Institute of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate studies with Richard Markson at Trinity College of Music, where she was awarded the Sir John Barbirolli memorial prize for cello. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes for her playing.
In addition to her performance-related activities, Sophie is also a keen music theorist, and held a position as Music Theory Instructor at Indiana University for four years. She has also taught university level courses in Early Music History and World Music at Lake Forest College.
"Ecclesiastic singing compellingly countered Sophie Webber's aching, pungent solo cello."
-Bloomington Herald Times